Google selling a bumper case for the Nexus 4

Daniel Bader

November 13, 2012 10:06 am


Google has announced that it will be selling a bumper case for the Nexus 4, adding much-needed protection for the glass front and back.

The company claims that the bumper is the best of both worlds, allowing users to still see the changing back piece while putting a bit of a barrier between the ground and the delicate glass.

They’re selling it for $19.99 and, like that infamous iPhone 4 bumper case, it will also likely prevent attenuation from when the hand comes in contact with the antenna.

If you’re looking for a stylish case for your Nexus 4, head to Google Play for the $19.99 bumper case.

Via: Google Play

  • Is this Bb10?

    I can’t buy the N4 on the google play store. Has it sold out already?

    • Zeeb

      Hasn’t gone on sale in north america yet.

  • AB

    .

  • Mardos

    this is yesterdays news lol

  • Morgan Freeman Lookalike

    Go on sale already n4!~!!!!

  • anona

    Not worth 19.99, maybe $2.49.

    • Morgan Freeman Lookalike

      It’s a $350 phone that is normally sold for $600. stop your complaining.

    • anona

      It’s LG. It’s not even worth $350.

    • some guy

      @anona Then don’t buy it?
      I feel like people are complaining for the sake of complaining.

  • iphoneee

    so it’s just like an iphone 4 LOL

  • new_tradition

    I’d feel better having a full body case instead of this “frame” design.

  • thisguy

    Why would someone buy this over other cases that cost the same, but would cover up the back of the phone also?

    • S2556

      so there is no additional bulk.
      bumper cases are a great idea, 90% of the protection and your phone doesnt feel like it got fat. Also it wont interfere with the wireless charging. i like bumber cases but for those that dont there is still tons of options out there!

  • Stephen

    Attenuation? What attenuation? Unlike the iPhone 4 the antenna is not on the outside of the phone for the Nexus 4.

  • Brad F

    Weird.

    Apple does this: “ANTENNAGATE! GLASSGATE! APPLE IS GOING TO HAVE TO RECALL THE IPHONE! APPLE IS DOOMED!”

    Google does this: “Oh, it’s the best of both worlds! It’s so stylish!”

    NO DOUBLE STANDARD HERE.

    • Hilman

      You clearly don’t know how the antenna works on any phone other than the iPhone, this case has everything to do with protection and zero about how the phone works (unlike CrApple phones).

    • John

      Brad F, you’re an apple fanboy. There is no antenna gate with the N4 because the antenna isn’t on the outside like the iphone.

      Do some research before you make stupid comments.

    • Brad F

      @John What about the glass issue? I heard it’s pretty easy to break. Even TheVerge’s review unit broke pretty fast.

    • John

      Brad F. I didn’t say anything about the glass back, I was talking about the bumper case preventing the same antenna gate that the 4s went through. There’s no evidence that the N4 will go through the same thing.

    • Brad F

      @John I never mentioned the N4′s antennas.

    • John

      Brad F:

      Really? It looks like you say Antennagate in your post and you say “Google does this”. THe only phone that google has done this on IS THE N4.

      Apple does this: “ANTENNAGATE! GLASSGATE! APPLE IS GOING TO HAVE TO RECALL THE IPHONE! APPLE IS DOOMED!”

      Google does this: “Oh, it’s the best of both worlds! It’s so stylish!”

    • Brad F(anboy)

      @John I said it about the iPhone antenna, not the N4′s antenna.

  • TEKuy

    it will also likely prevent attenuation from when the hand comes in contact with the antenna.
    Did Google say this? Keep the iphone out of this.

  • John

    Hey Daniel, where did this

    “it will also likely prevent attenuation from when the hand comes in contact with the antenna.”

    come from?

    The antenna isn’t on the outside like the 4s so this comment is CRAP and not needed. Why would you include it?

    Typical apple fanboy. Google release another phone that kicks the iphone in the a*s and you can’t handle it, so you make unsubstantiated claims about antenna issues and I thought bgr was bad.

    • Brad F

      John, it’ll be okay. Don’t cry.

  • monsterduc1000

    There are some reviews already stating the back being cracked from just a fall off the table. Great phone, glass back=terrible idea. Grab a clear full plastic/rubber case to see the cool back as this bumper case is virtually useless if you drop it and it lands on a rock…

  • HighClassFrenchCricket

    will this be available or just a tease like the nexus 7 cases on google play that have had the “coming soon” status since the summer??

  • John

    Reports indicate that the N4 and N10 will be available to buy through google play at 12 noon est.

  • cg

    What time is the damn phone going on sale?

  • Bahahaha

    Bahahaha android fanboys protect the mobile syrup commentzzzz!!!

    - Glass back? Check.
    - Non-Removable Battery? Check.
    - No microSD card? Check.
    - MicroSIM? Check.
    - Bumper? Check.

    Everything android fanboys bashed Apple for TWO YEARS AGO Google is finally getting around to copy. Seriously all the pathetic android fanboys are shitting their pants right now trying to come up with justification for their precious, shitdroid. Wake up, you’re all the halarious sheep buying plastic s**t products at the same cost.

    • Brad F

      @Bahahaha BUT… BUT ANDROID IS BETTER!

      THE GLASS BACK IS STYLISH NOW (UNTIL IT BREAKS)!

      THEY DON’T NEED A REMOVABLE BATTERY BECAUSE INTERNAL BATTERIES ARE COOL NOW UNLESS IT’S IN AN IPHONE!

      THEY DON’T NEED MICROSD, 8 GB IS MORE THAN ENOUGH!

      MICROSIM JUST LEAVES MORE INTERNAL ROOM FOR EVERYTHING ELSE! JUST LIKE APPLE NEVER, EVER SAID!

      AND THE BUMPER IS STYLISH!

      YOU’RE JUST AN ISHEEP FANBOI TROLL!

    • skazzers

      Same cost? It’s $309 with no contract. Since when was Iphone ever that cheap?

    • anona

      Quad-Core Processor? Check.
      2 GB RAM? Check.
      Superior OS? Check.
      Made by LG, Not Google? Check.

      Seriously troll, give up.

    • some guy

      I think you guys missed the whole, “Why is LG making the back out of glass after the whole iPhone 4 mess?” comments.

      People are going to buy what they want to buy, but for modding, I always go with removable battery. For $300 though, I don’t really care.

  • John

    Brad F, now your being an even bigger i***t. I’m not buying the N4 for the glass back reason. I was going to get it, but once they announced it with the glass on the back, I said forget it. I didn’t think it was a good idea on the 4s and it’s not a good idea on the N4.

    Also, it’s 8 AND 16gb and if you read the comments on the blogs, most people have said releasing an 8gb phone without external memory is stupid of google.

    Android users have a brain and aren’t afraid to use it to speak their mind when somethings not done right, unlike isheep.

    • Brad F

      @John I’m not being an i***t, I’m being a troll because most super-hardcore Android fans can’t be taken seriously. And it works.

      “Android users have a brain and aren’t afraid to use it to speak their mind when somethings not done right, unlike isheep.”

      Because the iSheep were out in droves wondering why nobody was using Ping…

    • db.

      8gb,16gb is(I believe)more about how you use a phone and not about the storage in every instance.
      Some people get a smart phone and use it for it’s bare essentials and a few d/l’ed apps (8gb) while others need that plus productivity, activity, or time passer apps too. The phone is balanced to run well in it’s current state,having to search an external piece of hardware sacrifices the user experience, as it does on all phones. If you want the Swiss army knife of phones, this may not be your phone, but this phone does do plenty.

  • haxor99

    This bumper looks sweet. If you get the N4 I don’t know how you don’t get this with it.

  • JC Denton

    $20? What a ripoff. Thank Jeebus for Dealextreme :D

  • Gi

    9am PST wait patiently android

  • John Doe

    The only thing missing is the N4 phone! Put it on sale Google! It’s Nov. 13th, what happened.
    To apple fans, this phone isn’t perfect, but it on sale for 1/2 the iPhone price! Can’t complaint with that pricing. And it’s made in Korea!

  • cg

    Seriously guys let’s not fight, when is the thing going to be purchasable? Oh and if the iPhone ever sells for under $400 and runs stock android I will buy that too.

  • John Doe

    Excerpt from gsmarena.com, Google Play store in US still hasn’t put this phone on sale yet! Nov. 13th already Google, what are you waiting for? More build up of anticipation?
    Btw, it’s already sold out in UK and Australia within 1 hr (same with both the 16/32GB Nexus 10).
    God help us all whom waiting for this phone!

  • Brad F

    im g@y

    • Brad F(anboy)

      JOKE’S ON YOU, I AM!

      Wait, what?

      (Psst. You’re missing the “(anboy)” part.)

  • Is this Bb10?

    The N4 will be sold out in 5 mins.

  • John

    Lost in all this back and for crap between the N4 and 4s and Android fanboys and isheep fanboys, I posted earlier saying:

    GOOGLE WILL BE RELEASING THE N4 AND THE N10 AT 9AM PACIFIC TIME WHICH IS 12 NOON EASTERN TIME!!!!!

    • cg

      I hope the stock for the US and Canada are separate!

  • cg

    It’s live now!!! I just bagged a 16gig!!

    • David

      Hey, cg, are you in the US?

    • cg

      No I’m in Eastern Canada.

  • ab

    got my 16gb! go go go! i think they started selling at 830 PST (here 930 MST)

  • cg

    I actually ordered two by mistake…I think I’m going to wait before I cancel!

  • cg

    It looks like the 8 is sold out or not on sale yet but the 16 is up for sale for sure!

  • David

    It still shows as coming soon for me. I keep hitting F5 and it’s still coming soon.

  • Sean Jacob

    hey guys, just bought the N4 and the case. apparently they opened the order process 20 minutes early. Get it ASAP!! if you dont believe, check it right now

  • a

    16gb – purchased! it’s live!! yay!

  • Aiden

    Its sold out guys. Australia sold out in 12mins and Uk sold out in 8 mins.

    Good game all.

  • JL

    Apple gonna sue. They must have a patent around a rectangle ring of plastic. Or they will be filing for one in 10..9..8…

  • ML

    I’m so glad I signed up to be notified when it would be available…never received an email. Was at check out, clicked proceed, then error, your cart has been emptied, sold out??

  • TripleHelix

    Hey Bader, fix your damn assumption that it will prevent antenna attenuation.

    I see two options:

    1) You are back to your old tricks as an Apple Fanboy
    2) You have no business writing stories for a mobile tech site as you have absolutely no freaking clue what you are writing about.

    That is all

  • Brad F(anboy)

    Can I make another stupid comment?

  • Brad F(anboy)

    Useless comment coming right up.